NBA Game Summary - Utah at Philadelphia
(Tuesday, November 11th)
Final Score: Utah 93, Philadelphia 80
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Carlos Boozer scored 19 points and ripped down 16 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz routed the Philadelphia 76ers 93-80.
Point guard Deron Williams made his 2008-09 season debut for Utah, scoring seven points and doling out nine assists. Williams missed the first six games of the season with a sprained left ankle he suffered in a preseason game on October 18.
Ronnie Brewer scored 16 points -- all in the fourth quarter -- for the Jazz, who rebounded nicely from their first loss of the campaign, and have won six of seven to start the season. Andrei Kirilenko had 16 points and eight boards, and Paul Millsap added 16 points as well for Utah.
Andre Miller scored 25 points and had six assists for the flailing Sixers, who have dropped three straight and five of seven to start the season despite high expectations. Andre Iguodala had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Elton Brand scored 13 points and blocked six shots for the Sixers.
The game marked the return of Kyle Korver to Philadelphia, where he spent the first 4 1/2 seasons of his career. Korver, who the Sixers drafted out of Creighton in 2003, was traded to Utah for Gordan Giricek and a future first- round draft pick on December 26, 2007 in a move intended to clear salary cap space.
Korver struggled, scoring three points on 1-of-7 shooting, but his teammates did not. After a 26-8 Sixers push erased a 14-point Utah lead and put Philadelphia in front late in the third quarter, the Sixers took a 67-63 lead into the final 12 minutes.
Any momentum for the Sixers quickly evaporated, though, as they went cold on the offensive end in the fourth quarter. The Jazz scored the first nine points of the frame, taking the lead for good when a Brewer three-point play put Utah in front 68-67 with 10:44 to play.
"The fourth quarter I tried to get some points on the basket and knock down some free throws and get a rhythm on my jump shot," said Brewer. "My team stuck with me and told me to continue to play and your shot will fall down."
The 7-0 spurt was part of a 15-4 run to start the fourth quarter, and two Kirilenko free throws pushed the Jazz up 80-71 with 4:43 remaining. The Utah lead bulged to 13 points late in regulation on the way to the win.
"Utah shoots a lot of layups, and when you turn the ball over it puts a lot of pressure on your defense," said Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks. "The way they play puts a lot of presure on our defense."
Philadelphia shot 38 percent from the field, including 2-of-9 from three-point range, in the loss.
The Jazz jumped out to a 26-20 lead after one quarter, and led by 12 points at the half, 49-37. The lead reached 13 points early in the third quarter before the Sixers made a game of it.
The Jazz bench, led by Kirilenko and Millsap, outscored Philadelphia's reserves 38-12...The Jazz played without forward Mehmet Okur, who was excused by the team to attend to a family illness in his native Turkey...Utah swept the two-game season series last season and has won six of its past seven and nine of 11 against the Sixers...Thaddeus Young had nine points and 11 boards for Philadelphia.
11/11 22:34:30 ET